Radiography (X-Ray)

Would you like a rewarding high tech career in the health care field?

Radiography is a six-semester, 24-month, 83-credit program, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). It prepares students to become competent radiologic technologists. Successful students demonstrate an aptitude for science and math, an interest in working with people and technology and the ability to function professionally under stress. The curriculum includes courses in radiation protection, equipment operation and maintenance, image production and evaluation, radiographic procedures and patient care. Clinical education, at various health care facilities in southern Minnesota gives students opportunities to apply skills learned in the classroom. Graduates are eligible to take the nationally recognized ARRT registry exam to become registered technologists in radiography. Students may elect to take a mammography Training course.

You can look forward to one-on-one attention from excellent faculty in the college's fully equipped radiography laboratory. You will be well trained in all aspects of the appropriate use of technology and caring for the needs of patients. Radiographers play a key role on the medical team and work in many areas outside the Radiology Department including surgery, emergency room, cardiac and intensive care and patient rooms.

The Riverland Community College Radiography program has a virtual autopsy table called the Anatomage Table. Doesn't this look like a great way to learn your anatomy? Come check it out today!

Radiologic and MRI technologists typically do the following:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image
  • Prepare patients for procedures, including taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in order to get the correct image
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images
  • Work with physicians to evaluate the images and to determine whether additional images need to be taken
  • Keep detailed patient records

Mission Statement

The Riverland Community College Radiography Program’s mission is to inspire and educate students to become successful radiologic technologists who provide exceptional service to the community.

Further Education

Radiographers with additional education or on-the-job training can advance into specialty areas in Medical Imaging departments. Your options include Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Ultrasound (Sonography), CT (Computerized Tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Mammography and Cardiovascular Interventional Technology (Special Procedures). Radiographers may also choose careers in sales, education, management, industry and research.


Application / Requirements

How to apply

Admission Requirements

Please contact enrollment services for the deadline application date.

  1. Applicants must have a high school diploma prior to entrance into the program or have completed the requirements for a GED.
  2. Academic Eligibility:Completion of 0-8 college credits, the applicant must be in the top 50% of his/her high school graduating class or be at the 51 percentile or above on the GED exam.
    Completion of 9 or more college credits, he/she must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. (High school rank will not be considered for these students.)
  3. Applicants are required to complete CHEM1121 General Organic Biochemistry of the registrar-approved equivalent with a minimum grade of "C" (Students with higher GPA's have a better chance of being accepted.). The biology department requires this course as a prerequisite for BIOL2021 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I and is offered frequently, including summer sessions at Riverland. BIOL2021 is a prerequisite and must be completed within the past 5 years of the semester you begin the Radiography program.
  4. The student must earn a minimum grade of C in Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, and general education courses.

Admission Recommendations

Strong academic background in oral and written communication, and science and math. Because of high application numbers, students with an above-average profile will have a competitive advantage for one of the positions.

Prior to enrollment in the program, the student should be able to complete math problems with fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios and proportions, and basic algebraic principles. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to possess the math skills covered in MATH560 and MATH570.

General education credits required for graduation from the program may be taken prior to enrollment.

Admission Procedure

Please contact admissions for the application deadline

  1. Acceptance to Riverland Community College
  2. Completion of Radiography Program Application. The Radiography application is available on the website.
  3. Academic Eligibility: Program staff will determine academic eligibility using the "Admission Requirements."
  4. Notification to Applicants: Following completion of the selection process, students will be notified regarding their acceptance into the course.
  5. Registration: The student will be contacted to register for fall semester courses.

CPR Certification

Current CPR certification is required before the second semester. If taken at the College, HLTH1130 - AHA CPR and First Aid Certification - must be taken. This course includes adult, child, infant, and two person CPR.

Clinical Sites

Students will be required to travel to clinical sites. Listed are the approximate miles from RCC Austin campus to the following sites

MCSH - Albert Lea - 23  MCHS - Austin - 1.3 
District One Hospital and Faribault Clinic- 52  MCHS - Fairmont - 78 
New Ulm Medical Center- 109  MCHS - Waseca - 52 
Mankato Clinic, LTD- 76  Olmsted Hospital - 43 
Olmsted Medical Clinic - 42  Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic - 78 
Owatonna Hospital - 36 United Hospital Distric- 61
Wickersham Health Campus- 78 MCHS Owatonna - 36


Students who are accepted will be required to use the college’s email account. Since students spend three semesters off campus at regional hospitals and clinics, email is used extensively to communicate effectively with program staff and classmates.

State of Minnesota Background Study

Minnesota Law requires any person who provides a service that involves direct contact with patients and residents in health care facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health to have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of a background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota-licensed health care facility. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree in the program.

Students may review the following information which outlines the types of disqualifying crimes and/or contact the program director. Minnesota Statutes

Background Study Requirement

Students accepted and enrolled in an Allied Health Program must complete a Department of Human Services (DHS) background study. The background study will be initiated through the Allied Health Department at the college. Students will receive further details including the DHS privacy practices notice prior to the study being initiated.

Download Background Study Requirement

ARRT Background Study

When determining eligibility for examination, the ARRT requires that the applicant be of good moral character. Conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations is considered to be a violation of the Standards of Ethics. Such violations must be cleared by the ARRT before the applicant can be assigned to an examination.

The ARRT Ethics Pre-Application Review is reserved for those who:

Employment Outlook

Our graduates are in demand because the Riverland curriculum emphasizes varied clinical experiences, mammography training and a high level of adaptability to new situations. Our graduates annually score significantly above the state and national average on the ARRT National Registry. Choose rewarding work at a hospital or clinic in any U.S. city. Diagnostic radiographer is a typical entry-level position and some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Job Prospects

Technologists who graduate from accredited programs and those with multiple certifications will have the best job prospects.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Program Accreditation

The Radiography Program at Riverland Community College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and can be contacted at:

20 North Wacker Driver, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-2901
(312) 704-5300 e-mail:

The program complies with the JRCERT Standards for an accredited educational program in the radiologic sciences.

Information about the accreditation of Radiologic Technology programs and Riverland Community College’s Radiologic Technology Program pass rates, job placement rates, and program completion rates can be accessed here.

Riverland Community College Radiography Program Effectiveness Data

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Last Updated: March 31, 2017

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